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04 Oct. 2016 Maitland appoints senior executive to lead governance function [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maitland, the global advisory and fund administration firm, has appointed Martina Swart to the newly created role of Group Head of Governance Services. Martina joins from Orbis Investment Advisory, where she was a senior adviser to the business, covering governa
04 Oct. 2016 Yasho Lahiri joins DLA Piper as director of institutional investor practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - DLA Piper announced today that Yasho Lahiri has joined the firm’s Corporate practice and Investment Funds group as a partner in New York. Lahiri represents both fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with the formation, capitalization and restru
04 Oct. 2016 Campbell & Company hires Joseph Kelly as managing director [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Campbell & Company today announced that Joseph D. Kelly joined the firm and will assume the role of Managing Director, Client Solutions Group. Mr. Kelly will be responsible for Campbell’s institutional sales and consultant relations efforts. Campbell & Company is
04 Oct. 2016 Multifonds delivers new single investment accounting platform for Great-West Life [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Multifonds, the leader in single-platform, multi-jurisdictional investment fund software, has announced the ‘go live’ of its partnership with The Great-West Life Assurance Company, a leading Canadian insurer, with over C$400 billion in assets under administration.
04 Oct. 2016 Sydney Stock Exchange blockchain project reaches first milestone [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - APX Settlement Pty Limited, the Sydney Stock Exchange’s joint venture with Bit Trade Labs to develop a blockchain based settlement solution, has successfully prototyped its blockchain smart register for real-time issuance and allocation of equity securities. This marks th
04 Oct. 2016 Janus Capital Group and Henderson Group announce recommended merger of equals [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highlights Combined group, Janus Henderson Global Investors plc, will be a leading global active asset manager with AUM of more than U.S.$320 billion and a combined market capitalisation of approximately U.S.$6 billion Janus
04 Oct. 2016 Insurers accuse Beechwood Re of assisting hedge fund Platinum Partners commit fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Insurance firms Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Company and Washington National Life Insurance Company have accused Beechwood Re Ltd. of "bamboozling" them into turning over a $550m trust, without informing that it was used as a front for "high-risk" hedge fund Plati
04 Oct. 2016 Hong Kong market regulator expands short position reporting [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong market regulator, the Securities and Futures Commission said that a new rule on short position reporting will take effect on March 15, 201
04 Oct. 2016 Merger arbitrage hedge funds expected to continue to rise in Q4, CTAs outperform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Lyxor Hedge Fund index ended the week in positive territory, fuelled by CTAs, Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. Global macro funds were the primary laggards, it said. Opportunities for merger arbi
03 Oct. 2016 Axa IM creates global platform for alternative credit [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has merged its Alternative Solutions and Structured Finance teams to create a single global alternative credit platform under the leadership of Deborah Shire, Head of Structured Finance. The merger will create a single alternat
03 Oct. 2016 Carl Grimstad sues Cooperman’s hedge fund, iPayment debtholders over alleged illegal scheme 'to steal the firm’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Carl Grimstad, the founder and former CEO of iPayment Holdings, and Corrib Capital Management L.P. have sued iPayment debtholders Chatham Asset Management, AllianceBernstein, and Leon Cooperman's Omega Associates, along with certain members of the iPayment Board
03 Oct. 2016 Europe’s shareholder activism gaining grounds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: While shareholder activism in Europe still hasn't matched the levels seen in the U.S., investors and the public are becoming accustomed to the idea of shareholders agitating for changes at struggling companies. "The train is running and it's running
30 Sep. 2016 Actis hires Commonfund's Byrd [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Actis, a leading growth markets investor, today announced the appointment of Carlton Byrd as a director in the Investor Development Group in the New York office where he will further bolster the fundraising and investor relations expertise. Carlton joins from Co
30 Sep. 2016 Lyxor launches multi-manager fixed income fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: European specialist Lyxor Asset Management launched its first alternative multi-manager fixed income fund with daily liquidity in a UCITS format, called the Evolution Fixed Income fund. Lyxor commented , "In t
30 Sep. 2016 Private placement life insurance has grown in popularity among affluent investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund investors are looking at private placement life insurance (PPLI) as concerns about tax lingers across the industry, said Aaron Hodari, managing director at US-based wealth advisory firm Schechter Weal
30 Sep. 2016 Harvard Endowment names new CEO [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Harvard Management Company, the professionally managed $36 billion university endowment, has hired N. P. Narvekar, 54, to the roles of president and CEO. He succeeds Stephen Blyth, who resigned in July. Blyth cited health reasons for his departure after 18 month
30 Sep. 2016 Hedge funds pull back from Deutsche Bank [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are pulling some of their business from Deutsche Bank, according to a Bloomberg report. People familiar with th
29 Sep. 2016 Och-Ziff settles FCPA probe [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Och-Ziff Capital Management Group today announced that it has reached settlements with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), resolving their investigations into the Firm’s former private investment business in Africa and a 2007
29 Sep. 2016 Highland brings on investment advisory specialist [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Highland Capital Management, L.P., a Dallas-based alternative investment management firm that together with its affiliates has approximately $17 billion in assets under management, announced today that Brad Eden has joined the firm as Global Head of Marketing and Investor
29 Sep. 2016 Innovatus Capital Partners Launches [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Veterans of Perella Weinberg's Asset Based Value Strategy, David Schiff and Andrew Dym have launched a new firm - Innovatus Capital Partners. The New York-based firm will run a private debt and portfolio management strategy. "We are excited about the lau
29 Sep. 2016 "Hedge fund industry needs to shrink" [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Writing for CNBC, Josh Brown, creator of The Reformed Broker blog and financial advisor for Ritholtz We
29 Sep. 2016 Rhode Island pension fund to cut hedge fund investments by $500m [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Rhode Island’s state pension announced on Wednesday it would reduce its exposure in hedge funds by over $500m in the next two years with the aim of increasing returns by focusing and focus more on traditional investments,
28 Sep. 2016 Managed Funds Association picks 2016-1017 board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed Funds Association, the leading voice of the global alternative investment industry, today announced its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. The unanimously elected new Board, diverse in firm size and geographic makeup, is comprised of leading market participants, includ
28 Sep. 2016 AIMA announces new chair and board of directors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative for alternative asset managers, has announced a new Chairman and the formation of a new AIMA Council, the Association’s global board of directors. Taking over as AIMA Chair is Si
28 Sep. 2016 Lyxor attributes active funds' outperformance to choice of risk factors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Lyxor ETF Research compared the performance of active funds domiciled in Europe to their benchmark over a ten-year period and found that the majority do not, as is commonly believed, outperform their benchmark. Furthermore, what really drives the outperforman
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